21 Trees

A Hidden Holly

I’m feeling full of hope. Today, I cleared a section of the garden that was densely overrun with non-native grasses and bushes that had established themselves and were spreading rapidly. It was sobering work, but underneath it all, I found some ivy and this – […]


This little cute thing, pushing up through other plants, is a juniper tree. Juniper is one of our 21 native trees. Known as ‘Aiteal’ in Irish and ‘Juniperus communis’ in Latin. Its wood was considered most fragrant of all the trees. It was used to […]


This beauty is a spindle, one of our 21 native trees, which is covered in pink berries. Coming across one in the woods this time of year is such a breathtaking experience that I cannot understand why they aren’t a more popular choice for planting […]

The ‘Right’ Soil?

There is a trope in Ireland that native Irish trees cannot grow on Irish soil unless the soil is ‘right.’ Strangely, Irish soil seems always right for non-native Sitka spruce, a tree from North America, which is the most common tree planted in Ireland. I […]


It’s wonderful to see the red berries on the holly tree at this time of year. Holly is one of Ireland’s 21 native trees. Known as ‘Cuileann’ in Irish and ‘Ilex aquifolium’ in Latin, it was prized in ancient times for protection and winter forage. […]


One of our 21 native trees A rowan tree covered with berries is a beautiful sight. Also called ‘mountain ash,’ it’s ‘Caorthann’ in Irish and ‘Sorbus aucuparia’ in Latin. Rowan Tree: Basic Facts Height: 15 metres Life: 200 years Leaf: Feather like, with five to […]